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OWWA gets closer to OFWs with 'Parokya ng OWWA sa Barangay'

OWWA 12 officer-in-charge Christelyn Caceres explains to the participants during their barangay visit how the 'Parokya ng OWWA sa Barangay at Pamilyang OFW' will be able to help overseas Filipino workers (OFW), former OFWs, and their families protect their rights while working abroad. (Photos: OWWA XII)

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has found a new mission: empowering overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families right at their doorsteps.

Aside from their usual operations, OWWA is also forging connections that extend beyond the four corners of the office. The essence of their work lies not in how many clients they’ve catered to for the day but in conversations and practical assistance as they venture into barangays with a mission to uplift OFW communities and create lasting change.

OWWA 12 officer-in-charge Christelyn Caceres said that they are bringing their programs and services down to the grassroots level with “Parokya ng OWWA sa Barangay at Pamilyang OFW.”

“Parokya ng OWWA sa Barangay at Pamilyang OFW aims to address the psychosocial and relational needs of the OFWs and provide a value and support system for OFWs and their families at the community level,” she explained, adding that this is essential to quickly respond to the needs and welfare of the OFW and their families.

Under the program, OWWA will go to the farthest barangays to inform the people about the programs and services offered by the national government to OFWs to empower them to protect their rights while working outside the country.

"When we go to the barangays, OFWs and their family members can immediately apply for scholarship, welfare, and livelihood programs, and they don't need to spend their time and money going to our office,” Caceres added.

In the Soccsksargen region, OWWA had already visited 47 barangays as of August 2023, with over 2,000 OFWs, former OFWs, and their families attending.

The official explained that this will address the need to disseminate information not only on OWWA programs but on prevailing issues and solutions relating to migration in general and welfare and work conditions overseas, in particular.

Caceres also highlights the importance of collaboration and involvement of the community with their strong partnership with local government units, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, and other private partners.

OWWA's efforts to bring its programs and services to the grassroots level are not just about paperwork and seminars; they're about bringing hope, empowerment, and unity to the Filipino migrant worker community. (PIA South Cotabato)

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